"Friends, Lovers & Lunatics" (AMC Century 14 and Santa Ana Main Place), a stale, contrived romantic comedy, is one of those wretchedly written films that give the mainstream Canadian cinema such a bad name. Not helping matters is that director Stephen Withrow seems to regard each one of writer Michael Taav's unfunny lines as witty as a Billy Wilder gag.
A devil-may-care commercial artist (Daniel Stern), having been fired, tries to get his estranged wife (Sheila McCarthy) to take him back, only to end up pursuing her and her nerdy new boyfriend (Damir Andrei) when they take off for a holiday in the mountains. On the way, Stern crosses paths with a pretty girl (Deborah Foreman, who had the title role in "Valley Girl") who's trying to put as much distance as possible between herself and her boyfriend, a hotheaded, leather-jacketed biker (Page Fletcher, a Rutger Hauer carbon). Abetted by a numskull truck driver (Elias Koteas), the biker hits the road, mistakenly believing that Foreman has run off with Andrei rather than with Stern.